Charged Up - Solar Design Competition

Charged Up

Ever wanted to create something? Looking for ways to leave your footprint at GW? The GW Office of Sustainability is calling all student innovators to participate in a student design competition for a campus solar charging station sponsored by the GW Division of Operations. 

Entrants are encouraged to include an interdisciplinary team comprised of students from two or more schools at GW.  

Entries must be submitted via electronic submission (.pdf) no later than April 10, 2017 at midnight via email to sustaingw@gwu.edu.

Winners will be announced on April 17, 2017 at the Earth Day Fair in Kogan Plaza at 12pm.

The winning student team will be awarded funding (up to $10,000 for material and labor) to construct their design on campus, and leave their mark at GW for years to come.

The winning team will be required to contribute their time and labor toward construction of the charging station over the summer and/or during the fall 2017 semester.

The new charging station will be located on Kogan Plaza, and will be used by members of the GW community to charge devices with solar electricity.   

The design will be judged based on the potential appeal (aesthetically pleasing, comfort, and convenience) to campus users, fit with the look and feel of Kogan Plaza, likelihood of reliable functionality, simple maintenance, among other criteria to be confirmed.  

Projects will be judged by a panel of experts from higher education and the private sector. Use this opportunity to share your skills with industry representatives.
 

Judge Panel

GW is pleased to welcome an esteemed panel of judges. They will review the applications and evaluate the feasibility of each project based on project expectations. Through the evaluation process, applicants will have an opportunity to share their skills and network with the professionals on this panel. 

  • Linda Toth, LEED AP BD+C, Gensler
  • Alison Shea, CEM, Senior Account Developer at Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Michael Howell, GW Master Electrician, Division of Operations,  
  • William Cobey, GW Electrician, Division of Operations
  • Doug Spengel, GW Manager Energy and Environmental Management
  • Meghan Chapple, GW, Office of Sustainability
 

Competition expectations:

1) Teams can choose a single solar panel or other solar technology around which they will build their design. Provide the specs as part of your submission.
 
2) Location of the charging station will be near the rear emergency exit from Lisner Auditorium.  See attached photo. The charging station cannot cover dedicated bricks nor can it block the egress path from Lisner Auditorium, which means that it cannot go directly in front of (to the South of) the steps shown in this photo.  There is a concrete slab under this location, which may affect any underground aspects of your design. The charging station will be used by members of the GW community to charge devices with solar electricity.   
3)  Electronic (pdf file) submissions must include the following:
 
a. A design-intent proposal, covering all of the following topics:
 
i. Executive Summary;
 
ii. Project/Unit Purpose. Please include how the design will appeal to users going through Kogan Plaza for all three aspects: aesthetically pleasing, comfort, and convenience.  Note that a part of the aesthetic should include how the unit fits with the look and feel of Kogan Plaza architecture and design. Show how the unit can accommodate one or more users to conveniently charge their personal devices. Please include some demonstration of the user experience, such as interviews with potential users that includes their feedback on the design.
 
iii. Proposed Unit Placement Location;
 
iv. Design Specifications and Construction Details. Note that the design must accommodate at least one 120 volt outlet. Ideally the team will be involved in the construction. The timeline for completion is August 2017, or at the latest October 2017. Site for construction is to be confirmed.
 
v. Life Span of Unit and Parts- Applicants are encouraged to use sustainable materials in the design and construction of the unit. They should also take into account end-of-life of the unit in terms of deconstruction and reuse and/or recycling of materials;
 
vi. Long Term Costs and Maintenance Requirements. Note that judges will look for the likelihood of long-term (approximately 10 years) reliable functionality and simple maintenance after student designers have finished the project and graduated from GW;
 
vii. Project/Unit Budget;
 
 viii. Project/Unit Security;
 
ix. Project/Unit Administration and Responsibility;
 
x. Future of the Project/Unit and Sustainability of Materials; 
 
xi. Technical Specifications Summary;
 
xii. Unit Images or Drawings. Include an electrical circuit drawing and other engineering drawings as deemed relevant with specifications (weight, size, different parts, etc.).
 
b. A sketch or drawing of the expected final product such as an artistic rendition or drawing of the overall unit design and look.
 
c. A proposed project budget (not to exceed $10,000); and
 
d. A sketch or drawing (often called a one-line electric drawing) showing all of the proposed electric components and how they will be connected to one another.
 
4) Submissions will be based on the following scoring criteria:
 
·      User friendly (convenient, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing)
·      Feasibility of technical design
·      Simplicity of construction
·      Simplicity of maintenance
·      Long-term functional viability
·      Environmental sustainability of design and materials
·      Team commitment to and availability for construction
·      Bonus – team members from multiple disciplines across two or more GW schools
·      Note – Judges will not review proposals that are beyond budget and/or that do not take into account security measures.
 
5) The selection process is as follows:
a.  Entries must be submitted via electronic submission (.pdf) no later than April 10, 2017 via email to sustaingw@gwu.edu.
b. Judges will review electronic submissions the week of April 10, 2017. Projects will be judged by a panel of experts from higher education and the private sector.
c. Teams are invited to meet with judges and answer questions on Thursday April 13, 2017 for 15 minute sessions to be scheduled between 3:00-4:00pm.
d. Winners will be announced the week of April 17, 2017.
e. The winning student team will be awarded funding (up to $10,000 for material and labor) to construct their design on campus, and leave their mark at GW for years to come.
 
The winning team will be required to contribute their time and labor toward construction of the charging station over the summer and/or during the fall 2017 semester.